As an undergraduate distance education student, you should be aware of the following:
You can take any combination of classes and be eligible for funding (all on-campus or all distance education or a combination of both).
If you take distance educaton courses in combination with on-campus classes (mixed enrollment) you must have your schedule set by the end of the on-campus drop/add period (the end of the first week of classes) to be able to receive all aid for which you are eligible.
You must be enrolled at half-time (6 hours) to receive Stafford loan funding. You can complete a Stafford loan application on-line.
You must be enrolled full-time (12+ hours) by the end of the first four weeks of the on-campus semester to receive funding from the O’Bannon Grant or 21st Century Scholarship Program. You must maintain full-time enrollment during the first four weeks of the semester or the award will be cancelled.
If you are eligible for a Pell Grant and are enrolling in Distance Education classes only, you must register for all credit hours by the end of the on-campus drop-add week. If registering after the on-campus drop-add period, you must enroll in all courses on the same day for full Pell Grant eligibility.
You may be eligible to receive funding from the Pell Grant Program even if you are not attending full-time (12 or more hours). Students who receive Pell Grant funding must complete at least one (1) assignment in each course or face reduction or loss of funds, which will result in being billed back for funds that have already been given to them. For more information about satisfactory academic progress, click here.
12+ hours is considered full-time
9-11 hours is considered 3/4 time
6-8 hours is considered 1/2 time
<6 hours is considered less than 1/2 time